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To Provide an N95 Mask or Not to…That is the Question Plaguing Some Employers (US)

With the current coronavirus pandemic, one question important to employers right now is if they should be providing all employees with an N95 mask to protect against the virus. OSHA has issued memorandums on this issue, with different guidelines for healthcare employers and others whose workers are exposed to hazardous particles. Guidelines include how to reuse the masks, which is necessary right now because of the shortage. Read on for more about guidelines that might affect you or your employer.

Key Takeaways:

  • A March 14, 2020 OSHA memorandum noted that there is a supply shortage of N95 masks to the pandemic.
  • OSHA is suggesting proper training for workers to comprehend proper usage and storage of respirators.
  • Many employers want to know whether respiratory protection is required but is still considered on a case-by-case analysis.

“One of the biggest questions plaguing employers during the COVID-19 pandemic is whether or not to provide employees with respirators”

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